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Thursday, Nov. 16, 2017 12:17 am
As Republicans in Congress move forward on their tax plan, it’s worth remembering one thing: whatever the legislative particulars, keep your eye on the plan’s impact on the federal debt. Our debt...
Thursday, Nov. 9, 2017 12:14 am
 One of the gifts of living in a representative democracy is that voting is only one of the rights it confers. For ordinary people who want to make change – who in some way want to alter their...
Thursday, Nov. 2, 2017 12:17 am

Politics often gets in the way

 I have some experience with economic development efforts in Springfield. This backstory lends credence to my cynicism about why the new economic development corporation, formed in response to th...
Thursday, Oct. 19, 2017 12:11 am

A diplomat, who served in Saigon 50 years ago, asks, ‘Have we learned any lessons?’

 The opening statement in the Burns-Novick TV documentary series is accurate. The U.S. was overconfident, its policy was based on a fateful misunderstanding of the Vietnam conflict and the U.S. f...
Thursday, Oct. 12, 2017 12:16 am
 When Springfield City Council members repeatedly accept large campaign contributions from the same serial donors year after year, they invariably compromise their impartiality and subordinate th...
Thursday, Oct. 5, 2017 12:17 am
The Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum was lit up in teal last month in honor of National Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month. The month was dedicated to raising awareness about ovarian cancer and honorin...
Thursday, Sept. 28, 2017 12:14 am
 For the last year I have been disheartened by the steady stream of police shootings that have been witnessed where there seems to be minimal provocation.For example, on Sept. 4 a man in South Ca...
Thursday, Sept. 14, 2017 12:22 am
At hurricane force even this White House can see which way the wind blows. So of course Washington cobbled debt-ceiling relief with disaster relief.Every Democrat in Congress saw the needs and voted a...
Thursday, Sept. 7, 2017 12:16 am
Once again Springfield’s U. S. senator, Richard Durbin, is in the national spotlight for being ahead of his time. Before there was DACA – Deferred Action on Childhood Arrivals – there was Durbin...

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